Today, I am going to begin blogging about the 3 Masks of Relapse. What am I talking about? Why are they important? Let's begin our discussion!
This next statement is important. It is why I have been spending so much time on triggers...
I believe that the very moment that we are triggered and that we are tempted into relapse, we are presented with 3 masks. And we will do one of two things...We will grab one, and then another, and then another, and we will lie and pretend that we are someone else. We will do the dance of self-destruction and we will tell ourselves that our turmoil is only temporary. We will hide behind our masks- slipping further and further away.
We will acknowledge and address our triggers in healthy ways and we will leave the masks behind. We will grab hold of our truths - about who we are, where we are in our recovering, and what we want for ourselves. We will do the dance of discovery and we will tell ourselves that embracing wellness leads to finding more truths and living more freely and fully.
Over the next several weeks, I am going to discuss each of the three masks and their role in seducing us into further relapse and in extending our stay there. By learning about them, we become more knowledgeable about the trappings of relapse. And, just as importantly, we become more grounded in our recovery work as we embrace healing strategies and tools to sustain us in whole and healthy ways.
Mask of Detachment
Mask of Denial
For now...please continue with your homework..
Homework: Continue working on your triggers. Do so until it becomes second nature to you! We never let this rest. Remember, triggers are our friends - our teaching companions! Our best allies!! Visit previous blogs for more instructions!
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